An incredible statement appeared in USA Today concerning the Electro-Magnetic Pulse weapon that is a shocker: “The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses.” Well, not the whole civilization since the destruction depends on the size of the bomb and how high in the atmosphere it explodes.
In recent years I have been castigated by friends and foes for making far less alarming statements. At least I am no long alone or in the presence of crazies, complainers, charlatans, and conspiracists. In fact, I am mainstream. Never thought that would happen.
The USA Today article admits that such a damaging, disastrous, and deadly consequence would also be attained by a super solar storm that is in our future. In September of 1859, a solar storm hit North America and Europe (called the Carrington event) and operators of the telegraph system which was the first widespread electrical device were “shocked unconscious, and machines caught on fire.” And I remind you that the telegraph system was like a tin can operation compared to modern electronic systems of computers, phones, airplanes, etc. Such solar storms occur about every 150 years. We are past due.
An article in the Russia & India Report revealed “According to one study, if the United States lost its large power transformers, 40 per cent of the country’s population would be without electrical power for as long as four to 10 years.” The U.S. is no longer manufactures large power transformers so they must be ordered from abroad. There is always a one to two year delay (if things go well) before orders are filled. It would take decades to get the power back on.
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Political theorist and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told a Heritage Foundation group, “It is an enormous catastrophic threat.” Ed Legge of the Edison Electric Institute in Washington who represents utilities said, “We’re taking this seriously” and the danger to the grid “may be much greater than anticipated.” Even Rep. Ed Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts declared, “The electric grid’s vulnerability to cyber and to other attacks is one of the single greatest threats to our national security.” The EMP Commission reported, “One weapon of this kind that went off over Omaha would eliminate most of the electrical production in the United States.”
If America’s cities are destroyed by an Electro-Magnetic Pulse weapon then it could be very ugly for many years. The U.S., Russia, China and North Korea are known to have such a weapon along with the ability to blast it into the atmosphere. Such a device would not kill anyone but would put our nation back in the 1800s. Anything electrical would be destroyed instantly: computers, power lines, landlines and cell phones, gas pumps, ATM machines, street lights, air control systems, military, televisions, radios, automobiles, power stations, water companies, elevators, and everything requiring transistors. Nuclear power plants would not be able to cool the sensitive equipment resulting in a meltdown. Everything would have to be rewired or rebuilt or replaced.
Furthermore, an EMP weapon would have no “return address” so how could the U.S. know whom to hold accountable? Moreover, there would be no way to hold any nation accountable. No plane, missile, or ship could function.
Whether the fuse is lit by the nut in North Korea, the dictator of China or Russia or a Muslim fanatic eager to meet his 72 green-eyed virgins, those responsible for protecting Americans must stop trying to control us and start trying to protect us. Or at least help prepare for what some say is inevitable.
I suggest that U.S. politicians get serious about this threat today and be honest about what is ahead of us. They should be telling us to prepare for disaster: food, water, bomb shelters, escape routes, etc. Peaceful Muslims must also get serious today, and report known terrorists in their circles, vigorously condemn the killers, and wave the American flag as they sing, “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.” But frankly, it may too late to close the barn door since the horses are galloping down the road. We have been soft rather than sensible; weak rather than wise; mild rather than militant; and relaxed rather than resolute. When bombs (nuclear or EMP) explode, all bets are off. A reign of terror may ensue, and the America we know will be gone forever.
Talk show hosts have asked me if my message causes people to panic, and I always reply that I am trying to make people be awake and aware without being alarmed. However, at this time in the crisis, maybe it is time to be alarmed. No, not irresponsible, out‑of‑control panic. Just the everyday kind of alarm that makes your blood run hot, your adrenaline flow, your hands sweat profusely, and your mouth as dry as an oil well I invested in.
If an EMP explodes in the atmosphere over the Midwest or a massive solar storm hits then every electronic device will be fried instantaneously. At that time, everyone who has not prepared for disaster will panic. I would like for you to realize that you may have already waited too long to properly prepare, and if you wait much longer, it will be too late to buy gold, guns, and groceries. Everyone will rush for the doors at the same time, and you and your family may be crushed.
The name of the game will be survival, only survival. Forget the job since it will be gone. Your Social Security or pension check? Don’t count on it. Even if taxes could be collected there would be no way to deliver your checks. Protection by local authorities? Probably not. You will be on your own.
The fuse is lit and America and the world are holding their breath.
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